Mombasa, KENYA: Services at the Likoni Ferry crossing channel are expected to improve following the comeback of MV Harambee Ferry which has been missing in action for over a year.
The ferry which is currently 26 years old, was out of service and was undergoing repair at African Marine.
Addressing the press on Monday during the re-launch of the renovated ferry,Kenya Ferry Services Managing Director Bakari Gowa, said the Ferry was installed with new machinery that will enable it function efficiently.
Mr. Gowa expressed belief that the arrival of the ferry will greatly improve services at the channel in reducing traffic jam during the morning and evening hours.
“We have given this ferry new life and we expect it to last for approximately 10 years, and it is expected to assist in improving our services,” said Gowa.
According to the Managing Director Mr. Gowa, the repair cost sh. 184.5 million.
“For the dry docking part, the total cost was sh.105 Million, the generators cost sh. 17.5 million, and for the engine it was sh. 21 million,” added Gowa.
He also added that they have ordered for the the ferry’s steering system. which will cost sh. 41 million.
The MD also said that another ferry MV Nyayo is currently undergoing the same renovation.
He assured commuters of smooth and good services at the ferry this December season.